Light treatments for age spots, on the other hand, work in the middle skin layer to destroy the damaged cells that are cranking out the unnecessary pigment. Fairfield describes IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, which uses brief pulses of intense broad-spectrum light energy to penetrate into that middle layer. There the light energy converts to heat energy when it interacts with the darker cells, destroying them. A similar treatment uses an LED light source, destroying the cells without creating heat.
Laser light treatments use only a single frequency of light energy, which also targets cells in the middle layer of skin. "Some laser treatments do damage surface skin cells and cause them to exfoliate," notes Fairfield, but with the Fraxel™ laser, the energy passes through, leaving the surface undamaged. This is the treatment he prefers for his clients. "I have used it on the backs of my own hands, and I'm very impressed with the results," Fairfield says.
Dr. Fairfield advises his clients who are distressed by age spots not to despair. Modern cosmetic dermatology treatments offer a range of options for showing them to the door!
James C. Fairfield, MD has established the oldest and most respected dermatology practice in the Delaware Valley. For more free cosmetic dermatology information and resources, visit his web site at www.cmderm.com.
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